November 1999 LinuxFocus issue
Linux has come a long way since Linus Torvalds developed his first kernel.
Since the very beginning Linux was a dream for developers. Now that the OS
has proven that it can provide one of the best (perhaps THE best) solution
for e.g. Network- and Internet servers, the time has come to explore the
quality of Linux in other areas. More specific, areas where traditionally
non-Linux platforms like MS Windows and Apple Mac were dominant. The KDE
(2.0 release is coming) and GNOME desktops give Linux a complete and smooth
GUI environment. Linux makes the GUI free, open and configurable. Software
like the various free Office suites and The GIMP are slowly putting Linux
in reach of the non-technical computer user. Linus Torvalds knows what he's doing
when he is aiming for better USB and plug-and-play support in the next
(2.4) kernel. As he stated himself, Linux will be technically ready to take
over world domination in maximum five years. On the road to there, one last
hurdle has to be taken: the gaming market. More new games should be
released for Linux. And that's just what's starting to happen right now...
Creating fire effects with The GIMP
, by André Pascual
How to create burning objects in just 5 steps.
Sketch, vectorial drawing under Linux
, by Yves Ceccone
The advantages of a vectorial
representation over bitmap is that files
are smaller and the image can be enlarged
significantly without differences in rendering
(pixellisation). Sketch is written in Python, an object oriented
interpreted programming language.
, by Guido Socher
In the second part of the Perl tutorial we write our first real program.